Coronavirus – COVID-19

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What You Need to Know



The Town of Blacksburg is closely monitoring events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our residents and employees is our top priority, and we are taking all necessary precautions to avoid health risks. Please refer to this site or the Montgomery County Public Health Task Force website for updates and additional information.

Local Updates

April 3, 2020

Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Government Facilities Remain Closed to the Public

April 2, 2020

Health Task Force Continues Drive-Thru Testing For Covid-19
BT to Implement Fare Free Service - Effective 4/2/2020

April 1, 2020

Blacksburg Town Council Offers Public Comment Options for Recommended Budget
Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Close Playgrounds to the Public April 2

March 31, 2020

Health Task Force Activates Drive-Thru Testing For Covid-19

March 30, 2020

Temporary Stay At Home Order Due To Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) (pdf)
A message to Blacksburg Hokies from President Tim Sands

March 27, 2020

Our First Positive Case: A message from Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith
New River Health District Confirms Case Of Covid-19
Door-To-Door Covid-19 Testing Services Are Not Legitimate

March 25, 2020

Blacksburg and Christiansburg Recreation Facilities to Remain Closed through April 30

March 24, 2020

New River Health District Confirms Its First Case Of Covid-19

March 23, 2020

COVID 19: Message from the Town of Blacksburg Use common sense. Stick to your social family. Stay at Home.

March 20, 2020

May commencement ceremonies to move online; senior celebration in Lane Stadium planned for September

COVID 19: Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Reminds Public Safe Outdoor Gathering Guidelines

March 19, 2020

A joint message from Dean of Students Byron Hughes and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson

Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Close Government Facilities to the Public Mar. 20

March 18, 2020

Blacksburg Offers Amnesty Program for Restaurants and Hotels

March 17, 2020

Utility Billing Late Notices and Disconnections Temporarily Suspended

Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Proactively Declare Local State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Medical reserve corps seeks volunteers For covid-19 emergency response

New River Health District operates public health hotline

Town Of Blacksburg Cancels Committee Meetings

March 16, 2020

Blacksburg Planning Commission Scheduled for Tomorrow Cancelled, Town Council Work Session Still on but Public Asked Not to Attend

A Message to Virginia Tech Students from the Town of Blacksburg 

March 15, 2020

All branches of Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library close Mar. 16-29.

A message from Virginia Tech Vice President for Human Resources Bryan Garey

March 14, 2020

JOINT NEWS RELEASE: Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg
Parks and Recreation and Aquatics Cancellations and Closures

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Updates from Blacksburg Parks and Recreation

Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus update Mar. 12, 2020 - No cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County; Gov. Northam declares State of Emergency; MCPS, NRCC, RU, and VT announce preventative measures.

News Release: Montgomery County Officials Convene Public Health Task Force


How is it spread?

The virus is spread mostly from person-to-person. This can occur in more than one way:

  • Between people who are within six feet from one another.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • From contact with an infected object or surface.

What to do if you are sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or the Health Department immediately. Do not go to the emergency room. The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at 540-267-8240.



Can you prevent the illness?

There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. To keep yourself and your family safe, exercise the following preventative hygiene habits:

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  • Practice good respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissue immediately and sanitize hands.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • In instances when soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

What are the symptoms?

Confirmed COVID-19 infections have had varying symptoms. Common indications include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Best Practices and Recommendations

Blacksburg is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and advising employees and residents to do the same.

This is a new virus and there is still much we do not know. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to these resources:

Montgomery County Public Health Task Force 

Virginia Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Virginia Tech COVID-19

Montgomery County Public Schools COVID-19